Every so often Windsor’s older buildings need some TLC and we have to trust the good sense of the owner or developer to undertake the work responsibly.
Sadly this trust can be misplaced and there have been examples of listed buildings being gutted, or severely damaged, by rogue operators. There was one occasion, in Park Street, where the damage was so bad that the perpetrator was prosecuted by RBWM, and quite rightly so. He was required to return the building to its original condition, although of course by then it was far too late and the damage - severe damage - had been done.
I might not be able to list here all those properties where the original fixtures and fittings have been stripped out, but I am well aware that rumours abound... I know some names!!!
What I can do is to applaud those owners who appear to be tackling the tricky problem of conserving their buildings with an eye for ‘the right thing to do’ rather than ‘the cheapest we can get away with’.
I note that 81, Peascod Street, currently occupied by the charity Cancer Research UK, is the subject of a planning application for its repair and restoration - the exterior at least! It certainly seems that the application has been carefully considered and that the work will be undertaken to a high standard.
If forumites are able to document their progress with ‘before, during and after’ views, I am sure we would all be grateful. Happy to host any pictures if emailed to me here. Editor - Thamesweb
|The application, 17/00715/LBC is here. ‘Consent to replace render, undertake repairs to high level cornice detailing, mortar repointing, timber window repairs and roof flashing repairs. Cancer Research UK 81 Peascod Street Windsor SL4 1DH’|